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choosing a motherboard for my ryzen build please help

i have these three choice please suggest which is better value in these motherboards i have listed the prices according to cheapest i could get in my country

1 gigabyte ab350 gaming 3 - 135 dollers

2 asus strix b350 f - 155 dollers

3 msi x370 sli plus - 156 dollers

4 gigabyte ax370 k3 - 165 dollers

other then these motherboards every motherboard in my country is bit of an overpriced (india)
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  1. Any of the above should do fine, you really only need an X370 if planning on running a pair of GPUs in Crossfire/SLI.

    Let your bundle of rupees be your guide! (Try hard for the R5-1600)

    Good luck with the build...
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    Abhishek779 said:
    i have these three choice please suggest which is better value in these motherboards i have listed the prices according to cheapest i could get in my country

    1 gigabyte ab350 gaming 3 - 135 dollers

    2 asus strix b350 f - 155 dollers

    3 msi x370 sli plus - 156 dollers

    4 gigabyte ax370 k3 - 165 dollers

    other then these motherboards every motherboard in my country is bit of an overpriced (india)


    I would eliminate the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 on your list for the following reasons: 1) Despite having an X370 chipset, it does not support SLI like most other X370's do, 2) It only has 7 (4 + 3) power phases which is similar to B350 mobo's, and 3) It is the most expensive among your four shortlist of mobo choices.

    Now, for the remaining three motherboards: Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3, Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming, and Msi X370 SLI Plus, choosing any of the aforementioned mobos, you will get these similar features:

    All have 6x SATA ports and 1x M.2 socket for your storage devices
    All have 4x RAM slots supporting up to 64GB capacity and more than 3200MHz speeds
    All have 3x PCIe x16 slots (but has different modes/speeds), with 2x having reinforced slots
    All have 5x to 6x 3.5mm audio jacks at the rear panel
    All have 2x internal USB2.0 (9-pin) headers (supports up to 4x additional USB2.0 ports)
    All require a 24-pin ATX power cable and an 8-pin ATX12V/EPS power cable
    All support overclocking the Ryzen CPUs
    All are ATX in size (with slight differences in widths)

    What sets these three motherboards apart, and what you might consider one with the best value, depends on the specific features and ports/connections that you want and need, based on these salient differences:

    POWER PHASES:
    Gigabyte has 7 (4 + 3) | Asus has 8 (4 + 4) | Msi has 10 (8 + 2)

    90-DEGREE ORIENTED SATA PORTS (for better cable routing):
    Gigabyte has 2 out of 6 | Asus has 6 out of 6 | Msi has 6 out of 6

    PCIE X16 VERSIONS AND SPEEDS:
    Gigabyte has 1x PCIe3.0 + 2x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x4*/x1] (*at [x2] if some PCIe x1 slots are used)
    Asus has 2x PCIe3.0 + 1x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x0/x4*] or [x8/x4/x4*] (*shared with some PCIe x1 slots)
    Msi has 2x PCIe3.0 + 1x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x0/x4*] or [x8/x8/x4*] (*shared with all PCIe x1 slots)

    MULTI-GPU SUPPORT:
    Gigabyte may only support 2-Way AMD CrossFire (depends on PCIe2.0 x16 speed and PCIe x1 usage)
    Asus always supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire and may support up to 3-Way CrossFire
    Msi always supports 2-Way Nvidia SLI or 2-Way AMD CrossFire and may support up to 3-Way CrossFire

    PCIE2.0 X1 SLOTS:
    Gigabyte has 2x PCIe x1 slots | Asus has 3x PCIe x1 slots | Msi has 3x PCIe x1 slots

    LAN CONTROLLER:
    Gigabyte uses Realtek RTL8111G | Asus uses Intel I211AT | Msi uses Realtek RTL8111H

    AUDIO CODEC:
    Gigabyte uses Realtek ALC1220 | Asus uses Supreme FX S1220A | Msi uses Realtek ALC892

    USB PORTS AT REAR PANEL:
    Gigabyte has 7x total (2x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 1x USB2.0)
    Asus has 8x total (2x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 2x USB2.0)
    Msi has 8x total (1x USB3.1 Type-C + 1x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 2x USB2.0)

    INTERNAL USB3.0 (19-PIN) HEADER:
    Gigabyte has 1x | Asus has 1x | Msi has 2x

    FAN HEADERS:
    Gigabyte has 5x total | Asus has 6x total | Msi has 6x total

    RGB STRIP (4-PIN) HEADER:
    Gigabyte has 1x | Asus has 2x | Msi has 1x

    I/O SHROUD/ARMOR:
    Gigabyte has none | Asus has none | Msi has an I/O shroud/armor

    LED AMBIENT LIGHTING:
    Gigabyte has RGB ambient lighting | Asus has RGB ambient lighting | Msi has none

    COLOR/MOTIF:
    Gigabyte is Black + Red | Asus is Gun Metal + Black | Msi is Black + Gray

    So, with the above differences in features, specs-for-specs, the Asus and Msi are definitely better than the Gigabyte.

    I would personally get the Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming for its better LAN and Audio codecs, Fan Headers, USB ports, RGB Strip headers, and layout/looks/aesthetics as the rest of the ports/connections are suitable for me (I won't do SLI nor CrossFire anyway). However, it is your call, based on your own personal preferences, needs, and budget constraints if the ~$20 price is worth it to get either the Asus or the Msi. It's up to you which one to choose based on what features you will prioritize.
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    Abhishek779 said:
    i have these three choice please suggest which is better value in these motherboards i have listed the prices according to cheapest i could get in my country

    1 gigabyte ab350 gaming 3 - 135 dollers

    2 asus strix b350 f - 155 dollers

    3 msi x370 sli plus - 156 dollers

    4 gigabyte ax370 k3 - 165 dollers

    other then these motherboards every motherboard in my country is bit of an overpriced (india)


    I would eliminate the Gigabyte AX370 Gaming K3 on your list for the following reasons: 1) Despite having an X370 chipset, it does not support SLI like most other X370's do, 2) It only has 7 (4 + 3) power phases which is similar to B350 mobo's, and 3) It is the most expensive among your four shortlist of mobo choices.

    Now, for the remaining three motherboards: Gigabyte AB350 Gaming 3, Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming, and Msi X370 SLI Plus, choosing any of the aforementioned mobos, you will get these similar features:

    All have 6x SATA ports and 1x M.2 socket for your storage devices
    All have 4x RAM slots supporting up to 64GB capacity and more than 3200MHz speeds
    All have 3x PCIe x16 slots (but has different modes/speeds), with 2x having reinforced slots
    All have 5x to 6x 3.5mm audio jacks at the rear panel
    All have 2x internal USB2.0 (9-pin) headers (supports up to 4x additional USB2.0 ports)
    All require a 24-pin ATX power cable and an 8-pin ATX12V/EPS power cable
    All support overclocking the Ryzen CPUs
    All are ATX in size (with slight differences in widths)

    What sets these three motherboards apart, and what you might consider one with the best value, depends on the specific features and ports/connections that you want and need, based on these salient differences:

    POWER PHASES:
    Gigabyte has 7 (4 + 3) | Asus has 8 (4 + 4) | Msi has 10 (8 + 2)

    90-DEGREE ORIENTED SATA PORTS (for better cable routing):
    Gigabyte has 2 out of 6 | Asus has 6 out of 6 | Msi has 6 out of 6

    PCIE X16 VERSIONS AND SPEEDS:
    Gigabyte has 1x PCIe3.0 + 2x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x4*/x1] (*at [x2] if some PCIe x1 slots are used)
    Asus has 2x PCIe3.0 + 1x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x0/x4*] or [x8/x4/x4*] (*shared with some PCIe x1 slots)
    Msi has 2x PCIe3.0 + 1x PCIe2.0 at [x16/x0/x4*] or [x8/x8/x4*] (*shared with all PCIe x1 slots)

    MULTI-GPU SUPPORT:
    Gigabyte may only support 2-Way AMD CrossFire (depends on PCIe2.0 x16 speed and PCIe x1 usage)
    Asus always supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire and may support up to 3-Way CrossFire
    Msi always supports 2-Way Nvidia SLI or 2-Way AMD CrossFire and may support up to 3-Way CrossFire

    PCIE2.0 X1 SLOTS:
    Gigabyte has 2x PCIe x1 slots | Asus has 3x PCIe x1 slots | Msi has 3x PCIe x1 slots

    LAN CONTROLLER:
    Gigabyte uses Realtek RTL8111G | Asus uses Intel I211AT | Msi uses Realtek RTL8111H

    AUDIO CODEC:
    Gigabyte uses Realtek ALC1220 | Asus uses Supreme FX S1220A | Msi uses Realtek ALC892

    USB PORTS AT REAR PANEL:
    Gigabyte has 7x total (2x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 1x USB2.0)
    Asus has 8x total (2x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 2x USB2.0)
    Msi has 8x total (1x USB3.1 Type-C + 1x USB3.1 Type-A + 4x USB3.0 Type-A + 2x USB2.0)

    INTERNAL USB3.0 (19-PIN) HEADER:
    Gigabyte has 1x | Asus has 1x | Msi has 2x

    FAN HEADERS:
    Gigabyte has 5x total | Asus has 6x total | Msi has 6x total

    RGB STRIP (4-PIN) HEADER:
    Gigabyte has 1x | Asus has 2x | Msi has 1x

    I/O SHROUD/ARMOR:
    Gigabyte has none | Asus has none | Msi has an I/O shroud/armor

    LED AMBIENT LIGHTING:
    Gigabyte has RGB ambient lighting | Asus has RGB ambient lighting | Msi has none

    COLOR/MOTIF:
    Gigabyte is Black + Red | Asus is Gun Metal + Black | Msi is Black + Gray

    So, with the above differences in features, specs-for-specs, the Asus and Msi are definitely better than the Gigabyte.

    I would personally get the Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming for its better LAN and Audio codecs, Fan Headers, USB ports, RGB Strip headers, and layout/looks/aesthetics as the rest of the ports/connections are suitable for me (I won't do SLI nor CrossFire anyway). However, it is your call, based on your own personal preferences, needs, and budget constraints if the ~$20 price is worth it to get either the Asus or the Msi. It's up to you which one to choose based on what features you will prioritize.

    thank you so much for such detailed answer i am going with asus one i really love the way it looks
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